Sweet: For Obama, it's tea over coffee, Rolling Stones over Beatles.

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WASHINGTON---Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told NBC’s “Today Show” Ann Curry that when he stays awake nights it is not worrying about IF he is going to win the upcoming primaries, it’s concern about what he will be doing as President.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday morning, Obama said, “When I lose sleep at night, it is not because I'm worrying about what's going to happen in Pennsylvania or Indiana or how we're going to resolve this contest. When I lose sleep at night it's because I think about being president and all the challenges that we have to face out there."

On smaller matters, Curry ran Obama through some quick questions and came up with the following preferences:

Tea over coffee; Rolling Stones over Beatles; Lincoln favorite president; yes to God exists; prays once or twice a day; empathy best thing mother taught him; White Sox over Cubs and basketball over bowling.

During the bus tour in Pennsylvania, Obama staged a photo op at a bowling alley to record him bowling. Usually Obama’s basketball games are not open to photo sessions.

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This morning on ABC, Diane Sawyer asks McCain about the economy and the foreclosure rate, about how he differs with Bush on issues, and about Iraq. But Obama gets asked about his musical tastes, bowling or basketball, his favorite baseball team, and if God exists. Now I know the media is exercising affirmative action coverage in their coverage this poltical season, but this is a bit too much. Also, either tonight or tomorrow night Obama will be on Hardball with Chris Matthews. I recommend everyone watch and see Matthews behave like teenage girls did at a Beatles concert in 1964.

Lynn, According to CNN March 25: "Clinton said she expected to release her tax returns "shortly, I hope within the next week." Do you know if she intends to keep her promise? You have been asking Obama to be more transparent and I applaud you for it. But you should also demand the Clinton campaign to follow his example and release her earmarks + tax returns. Just like they promised.

The CNN-quote is from http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/25/obama.tax.returns/index.html

I understand he bowled a 37. A 37? He needs lane guards.

On a serious note, Jake Tapper, citing Annenberg Fact Check, thinks Obama misrepresented things when he said he did not take oil and gas money. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/obamas-oil-slic.html

Peter, of course Obama misrepresented things, that what his MO is.

Jerry, I'm with you. Obama gets celebrity treatment, but he's running for president. One day reality will set in and voters will think "What did we do to ourselves?"
Who will Obama turn to when the phone rings at 3 am? Samantha Powers with her 'open mouth, insert foot' or Reverend Wright?

If that were Obama telling the Bosnia story, he'd be getting a very different reaction from the one Clinton is getting. Are we holding Clinton to a different standard than Obama? Is it a much tougher standard for a woman versus a man or versus a black man? What is it? People are so determined that she told a lie and are not letting that go.
I am close to her age and can totally understand a faulty memory. I cannot conceive of someone deliberately whipping up that story because what would be the point of it? But it's such an issue for some.

SHE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT, BUT THE COMEDIAN SINBAD WAS
ON THE PLANE, AND HE IS THE ONE WHO LET EVERYONE KNOW SHE WAS
SENSATIONALIZING HER TRIP, I THINK SHE WOULD BE GREAT AT WRITING
CHILDREN'S BOOKS!

I agree with VHF. It is very difficult to be a middle-aged woman in this society. The Obama campaign, if they really wanted to unite this country, would tell all its supporters to please stop trashing the woman who at this point has the best chance of beating John McCain in the Fall. However, if we were to suspend these silly procedures and do a nationwide vote with all three of the candidates who have not yet ended their race, we would get a chance to vote for the candidate who does have the best chances of defeating John McCain in the Fall. John Edwards' platform positions served both Hilary and Barack well when they began adopting them around the time of the Iowa primary--that's when these two really pulled ahead.
Come back John Edwards! He probably won't take the primary, but at least lets just let everyone vote in PRIVACY, with real election watchers, real (and sufficient numbers) of ballots. And then let's get some poll watchers from some industrialized democracy to make sure all the votes get counted honestly.

VFH, to answer you question, Hillary is being held to a different standard not because of sexism, but because of racism. Obama is getting much better treatment from most of the media, not Ms. Sweet, because he is half black. If Hillary were running against a white man the coverage would be more balanced, and in fact she might even be getting more favorable coverage. Like I said in my first post up above, most of the media is exercising affirmative action coverage.

Phil, I never paid much attention to the sniper fire part of Clinton's story, and daresay that a lot of other people didn't either. That was in the background of Clinton's message. Someone blew that up and ran with it. Why didn't someone correct her the first time she told the story? Clinton never gave it another thought and repeated the story.
Again, memories are very individual things. I grew up in a violent home. When my siblings and I talk about our childhood, we have vastly different recollections of the same things. A couple of my sisters have totally blocked out periods of time, some remember different perspectives of a situation. No one is lying, our memories are the products of different coping mechanisms.
I do not understand why so many are taking Clinton to task over her recollection. There was an article on HuffingtonPost about the girl who greeted Mrs. Clinton being 'shocked' about the 'lies'. Why is the so-called media whipping out that story? It's all a means to further discredit Clinton, not objective journalism that states the facts and allows the reader to come to his own conclusions.

WHY SHOULD SHE BE CORRECTED? SHE IS A GROWN WOMAN, NOT A LITTLE
BABY!
TELL THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!
MISERY LOVES COMPANY, IF SHE IS A STORY-TELLER, AND BILL IS AND
WAS A STORY-TELLER, SHE SHOULDN'T BE PRESIDENT, AND THANK GOD HE
CAN'T BE EVER AGAIN!
SHE DOESN'T HAVE A PLAN, SHE IS FLYING BY THE SEAT OF HER PANTS,
AND IT ISN'T WORKING, AND THE WAY SHE IS LOSING DELEGATES EVERY
DAY, BUT WAIT HER PLAN IS TO STAY IN THE RACE, AND CHANGE EVERY
ONE'S MIND AT THE CONVENTION THAT SHE IS THE BEST CHOICE TO GO
AGAINST MCCAIN, WHICH IS A FALSEHOOD, OBAMA IS BEATING HER, AND
HE CERTAINLY WILL BE MCCAIN!
NEWS FLASH IF THE OLD BOY NETWORK TRIES TO STEAL THIS ELECTION,
WE ARE GOING TO HAVE 1929 ALL OVER AGAIN, BANKS WILL FAIL, THE
BREADLINE WILL RE-EXIST, THIS COUNTRY WILL BE IN COMPLETE CHAOS,
OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS A WRECK, KIDS ARE KILLING EACH OTHER,
WE NEED A NEW DIRECTION, BUSH AND CHENEY HAVE PULLED THE WOOL
OVER OUR EYES, A FAKE WAR, NO JOBS, NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, GAS PRICES AT AN ALL TIME HIGH, 28 MILLION PEOPLE ON
FOOD STAMPS, NAFTA IS A JOKE,NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND IS A TRAVESTY,
I SAY WAKE-UP AMERICA, BARACK OBAMA IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB,
IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN WHAT DR. KING SAID, CONTENT OF CHARACTER,
NOT COLOR OF SKIN, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY, SO GET ON
BOARD!

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Lynn Sweet

<Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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